Learning on the Run with Podcasts

Learning on the Run with Podcasts

podcastWorking as a consultant with the Center for Congregations means that I travel a good bit. Not only just my daily commute to work but I can sometimes spend several hours in the car on a given day. While it’s sometimes nice to just listen to music or enjoy the silence it can also be nice to continue learning during the extra time. Thank you podcasts!

Many don’t realize that podcasts are not just about entertainment or being a fan of something. There is a great variety of content and subject matter out there that can be beneficial not just for you but for helping those in your congregation learn.

I’ve personally learned a lot of things about brain science, the enneagram, culture shifts, leadership, why McDonald’s changed their fry recipe in the 90’s (thanks Malcolm Gladwell), the list goes on and on.

If you haven’t yet delved into the world of podcasts, I encourage you to check it out. If you have an Apple device, the native podcast app - the one already on your phone - is quite good. For Android users, there are a number of possibilities: some free, some requiring a subscription.

Not only can you find things that are in line with your knowledge gaps and leadership needs, but you can also recommend some great options for people in your congregation to further their knowledge of things practical and spiritual.

And did I mention that podcasts themselves are free? The term “subscribe” can be a bit misleading as this just means that you are giving permission for the podcast to send you new episodes. It doesn’t require you to pay for it. Further, a number of the podcasts have the audio available from their website in case you can’t or don’t want to access the content from a phone or other mobile device.

Here are some recommendations to get you started:

Clark Howard – smart financial management and consumer advice.

Dave Ramsey – financial advice, investments, debt.

The Road Back to You Podcast – an introduction to an ancient spiritual personality typing system.

Catalyst Podcast – interviews with Christian leaders.

Q Podcast – “educating and equipping Christians to engage our cultural moment.”

Thinkorange Podcast – “Ideas and conversations to help you influence the next generation.”

Sermon Brainwave by Working Preacher – geared towards helping pastors exegete and preach the weekly lectionary.

On Being with Krista Tippett – this podcast seeks to have conversations about the questions of meaning in our current context.

Youth Culture Matters from The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU) – “Helping parents, youth workers, educators pastors and others understand and reach today’s youth culture.”

Download Youth Ministry (DYM) – “a collection of shows to help you win in youth ministry.”

New Churches: Multiply the Mission – “an online hub for the mission of church multiplication.” 

Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast – Conversations with top ministry leaders of the day.

Technicolor Jesus – “Matt Gaventa & Adam Hearlson talk movies & ministry” This specifically focuses on theological questions and potential thoughts for liturgy and preaching.


Matt Burke
Northeast Director and Education Director